Rider of Rohan

Rider of Rohan

Rider of Rohan

Rider of Rohan wrote a review of on January 23, 2010

5 5

Bought my first zipka years ago when they first came out and it's one of my favorite items whether backpacking or travelling, late night home improvement or early morning preflighting. Small enough to go anywhere and keep around as a backup or supplemental light and has worked out marvelously from poking around ancient fortresses in India to prehistoric caves in France, and it even works as a bicycle light in a pinch. I learned how much brighter the Petzyl's have gotten as LED technology has improved as I've bought these as gifts for friends and I finally couldn't resist upgrading my own. MUCH more light from the same tiny housing. I have LONG hair with lots of flyaways -- just take a little care and you won't ever get your whispies caught in the elastic. (Nowhere near as dangerous as velcro vs. my long braid!) Love the new flash setting -- could be very useful in a pinch.

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Rider of Rohan wrote a review of on December 1, 2009

5 5

My boyfriend bought these gloves a couple of months ago and I've been eying them ever since. Finally found them here in size small in black. I haven't field tested them yet. The plan is use them as sort of an all-purpose utility glove for things like climbing or not-too-cold-weather trekking. I'm typically a ladies' medium and the men's small fit me nicely -- a snug solid fit that doesn't bind anywhere. The zipper is a bit extraneous for me -- I just don't need to use mine. But my boyfriend likes the zipper, so I guess it's a good feature for some and irrelevant for others. The red is a gorgeous shade of red, but I'm still glad I waited to get these in black.

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Rider of Rohan wrote a review of on May 28, 2009

5 5

Tried both and couldn't believe I chose these over the Lowa Tibets after reading all the reviews. These boots fit true to size, managing to fit well both at the beginning of the day and after the inevitable foot swell. Lots of room in the toe so that toes don't make contact with the front of the boot on extreme downhill portions. But this is designated toe space and it doesn't cause the foot to slide fore and aft in the boot. I've never really needed to break in boots, and once again I felt that these were great right out of the box. Excellent support yet light as air. Feel like slippers that I could do anything in. The other boot I fell in love with was the Asolo Sasslong, but the Lowa's have better toe space for the downhill. After backpacking the Pyrenees with a 50+ lb pack (couldn't leave the grappling hook behind!) in inadequate hiking boots I've learned to take the difference between x-train/hiking boots and backpacking boots seriously. I look forward to many happy years with these boots!

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